Diploma Courses

Requirements for Diploma Certification:

In order to progress from PgCert part 1 to Dip part 2 you must remain a continuous member of BARD.

The British Academy of Restorative Dentistry Diploma is a two year course (year 1 is the PG Certificate Course) and the examination is comprised of two sections. To qualify for the Diploma course you must first have successfully completed the Certificate course although there are exemptions to this (please view your desired Diploma course page to see if you have completed the appropriate courses to allow exemptions).

The first section is a written short essay examination and the second section consists of oral examination, case presentation and case defence.

The examination is comprehensive, covering topics such as collecting and assessing patient data, preparing and presenting a patient treatment plan, implementing patient treatment, and maintaining the effectiveness of the dental treatment.

The Diploma examination measures the in-depth knowledge, proficient skills, and abilities of practitioners to provide comprehensive, safe and effective restorative dental care to the public.

Candidates must pass the Part I written examination prior to taking the Part II case presentation portion of the examination.

The Part I Examination is a written examination consisting of 10 written
short answer essay questions; Candidates are given 2 hours for this section.

Candidates are not allowed to bring any electronic devices, bags or other extraneous items into the examination room.

Part II Examination requires the submission of 5 documented Restorative cases for Diploma Board review. The Part II Examination consists of questioning on the submitted case completed by the candidates.

BARD Case Study Requirements

This second component is where the candidate will defend their submitted case. Examiners review the candidates’ cases prior to the oral examination.

Updating your details.

Case Studies

NB Case studies 1-5 are a requirement for PG Certificate and 1-10 for PG Diploma

CASE 1 Endodontic case

This should be a multi-rooted tooth and should include a nayyar bonded amalgam core and gold onlay or 3/4 crown as the final restoration. Re-root treatments are also acceptable.

Photographs should include pre-op, rubber dam in place and final restoration. Appropriate pre, mid and post op radiographs should also be included.

CASE 2 Direct Anterior composites

This should include the incisal edge of an upper incisor tooth or an upper anterior diastema closure of at least 2mm width. There should be at least two anterior composites.

Direct composite veneers are also acceptable.

Bleaching should also be incorporated into this case. Pre and post treatment views are required, and pre-treatment view with Vita Shade Tab visible. You should also include bleaching information sheet/consent form.

CASE 3 Single anterior crown

This should be an upper anterior tooth and made of zirconia or emax with at least one of the adjacent teeth being a natural tooth.

Photographs should include pre and post op views and also tooth preparations. Views should also be included of the laboratory dies and restorations on the dies. Views of the diagnostic wax up should also be included.

CASE 4 Direct Posterior Composite

This should be a premolar or molar tooth and be either MO, DO or MOD.
Pre and post op views are required and a view with matrix system and rubber dam in place.

CASE 5 Indirect posterior ceramic/composite case

This should be a premolar or molar tooth and should ideally include the replacement of at least one cusp. Pre and post op views are required as well as the laboratory stages.

CASE 6 Anterior bridge

This should be replacing an upper anterior incisor or canine tooth.
Photographs should include pre and post op views and also tooth preparations.

Views should also be included of the preparations, laboratory dies and restorations on the dies. Views of the diagnostic wax up should also be included.

CASE 7 Periodontal restorative

Full periodontal indices should be presented (6 point pocket charting, bleeding on probing, mobility, discharge and plaque scores). Pre and post op views should be included.

This case should also preferably include some aspect of periodontal surgery and some cast restorations. It is also acceptable to present an implant case.

CASE 8 Anterior direct veneers.

This should include at least the upper anterior three/four teeth.
The smile analysis sheet should be included.
Reduction indices, practice preparations on study models and wax ups etc. should be presented to ensure that the preparations are a minimal as possible. Photographs should be full AACD pre and post op views and also views of tooth preparations. Views should also be included of the laboratory dies and restorations on the dies.

CASE 9 Occlusal Treatment

This should be an occlusal case and treatment of TMD via a hard acrylic fully adjusted occlusal splint.

CASE 10 (Advanced Case) complex case Multidisciplinary restorative/case

This case should include a range of restorative and cosmetic skills.

This should be a reorganised approach including an occlusal adjustment.
Full pre and post treatment AACD photographic views should be included.

Generally it would also be appropriate to include:

Smile assessment form
Consent letters
Patient information leaflet

Laboratory instructions and shade/characterisation

Occlusal examination sheet

Timing of the exam

To be advised.

Location of exam

To be advised.

Documents required

  • Copy of valid passport
  • Copy of graduation certificate
  • 2 personal pictures
  • At Least 100 credit hours of continuing education in Restorative Dentistry
  • Membership of the British Academy of Restorative Dentistry


Registration fee: £495 + VAT
Part 1 examination: £495 + VAT
Part 2 examination: £495 + VAT

Intent to Take the Examination

All applications should be submitted before (to be advised). Once your application is approved, you will be contacted by the Diploma Board. At that time, you will be required to submit a Letter of Intent with the appropriate fees.

A cancellation fee of £500 will apply for any candidate requesting to cancel after (to be advised).

Applicants Responsibilities

The timely submission and accuracy of the information submitted is the responsibility of the applicant.

The BARD will not accept applications under the following circumstances:

  • Application arrives past the posted due date.
  • Applications that are incomplete, without required signatures fees and supporting documents.

Examination Results

Examination results will be announced within a day of the examination date for the first part and the part II examination.

Use of additional qualifications

The GDC have confirmed that the additional qualifications can be added onto business cards and letterheads and in advertising and marketing literature. The following statement has been taken from the GDC website:

“We are not currently adding any additional skills or qualifications* to either the dentist or DCP Registers, no matter when they were obtained. This decision was made in October 2007. Since this decision was made we have held consultations in which we sought stakeholders’ views on this issue.  This was followed up with further stakeholder workshops covering the issue, and research to determine patients’ views.

Dentists whose additional qualifications were added to the register prior to this decision being taken will retain their listed qualifications in the register until a policy decision has been agreed by the Council.

*Qualifications that are not recognised for registration

In accordance with GDC guidelines You must not mislead patients into believing that you are trained and competent to provide other services purely by virtue of your primary qualification as a healthcare professional, but you should make clear that you have undertaken extra training to achieve competence.

The GDC is no longer accepting additional qualifications to be added to the public register. The only qualification shown will be a registrants primary dental qualification.

This was last updated on February 21st 2012 and please visit the GDC website for more details.

BARD are not responsible for the content of external sites.

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